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Protesters take to streets against Chinese anthem law in HK

State media RTHK said the protesters raised slogans such as "Disband the police immediately," and "Five demands not one less," one of the most repeated ones since the protests began last year.

No country thought of exit strategy, says Swedish physician to Rahul

"All the countries in Europe that instituted the lockdown one or two months ago, did not think about the exit strategy at that time," said Johan Giesecke.

The man who made more than 15,000 people smile is no more

Ninety-year-old Hirji S. Adenwalla, a Parsi, was the director at the Charles Pinto Cleft Centre at Thrissur's Jubilee Mission Hospital.

After row over paid quarantine, Kerala mulls changes

It now appears that this outburst has made Vijayan have a re-think.

Andhra’s corona tally now 2,787 with 68 new cases

With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.

Donations by companies to PM-CARES Fund notified as CSR

The ministry late on May 26 notified that it has amended Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 by including contributions to PM-CARES Fund as valid CSR activity along with the earlier insertion of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

India’s worst recession is here

CRISIL sees the Indian economy shrinking 5 per cent in fiscal 2021 (on-year), because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The first quarter will suffer a staggering 25 per cent contraction.

Bowlers will find it more difficult to get back to rhythm, feels Lee

All cricketing activities have remained suspended since mid-March following the outbreak of novel coronavirus which has so far claimed more than 3.5 lakh lives across the globe.

Madras HC declares Jayalalithaa’s nephew, niece as 2nd line legal heirs

The court also suggested that part of Jayalalithaa's residence 'Veda Nilayam' could be used as the Chief Minister's office.

Biocon gets approval for use of CytoSorb to treat critical COVID-19 patients

The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had recently approved CytoSorb for emergency use in COVID-19 patients.

Ola Electric acquires AppScooter maker Etergo, to launch 2-wheeler next year

Aiming to launch its global electric two-wheeler in India in 2021, Ola Electric is currently running several pilots to deploy electric vehicles and charging solutions across cities with a focus on two and three wheelers, and aims to build a suite of electric and smart urban mobility solutions for citizens.

J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Ickabog’ bedtime stories released online

Simultaneously, she launched a global completion for the illustrations that will appear in the print edition that will appear in November and announced she would donate the entire royalties to projects that assist groups particularly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.

Corona cases cross 1.5 Lakh mark in India, with 42.44 per cent recovery

A total of 6,387 new cases took the nationwide tally to 1,51,767, a Health Ministry data revealed on Wednesday. There were also 170 new deaths in the past 24 hours, 97 of them in Maharashtra where there were over four deaths each hour.

SC declines to entertain plea to link Aadhaar, social media accounts

While disposing of the plea, the top court, however, granted Upadhyay liberty to file an impleadment application in another matter concerning the linkage of Aadhaar with social media platforms, which is pending before the court.

3 Karnataka special trains ferry 4,853 migrants home

"Tuesday's first Shramik special from SWR left from KSR Bengaluru at 1.17 p.m. to Barkakhana with 1,600 passengers," a zonal official told IANS here.

Twitter CEO donates another $10mn towards Covid-19 efforts

Project 100 is a joint effort between nonprofits GiveDirectly, Propel and Stand for Children, and has raised nearly $84 million since April.

Government has no choice, must listen to wise counsel, says Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said on Twitter: "I had tweeted a few days ago that the day is not far off when the Congress' suggestions will be accepted by the government. A stubborn government has no choice and must listen to experience and wise counsel."

John Ratcliffe sworn in as US spy chief

Senators voted 49-44 on Ratcliffe's nomination last week, largely along party lines. Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate. Democrats refused to support the nomination over concerns that he will politicise the intelligence community's work under President Donald Trump, Xinhua reported.

Bayern beat Dortmund 1-0 to extend lead in Bundesliga

On Tuesday, the "BVB" started brightly at home and should have opened the scoring with less than a minute played but Erling Haaland nutmegged Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer just to see Jerome Boateng clear the ball off the goal line, reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump hits back at Twitter for flagging his tweets

The label was imposed on two tweets Trump posted on Tuesday, claiming that "mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent" and would result in "a rigged election.

Google to reopen offices from July 6, gives workers $1,000 each

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company will restart opening more buildings in more cities from July 6.

Markets open on positive note

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 30,793.11 points and touched a high of 30,825.18 points. The Sensex touched a low of 30,643.41 points.

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 115,000

The Africa CDC, in its latest continental situation update report issued on Tuesday, said that some 46,630 people who have been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered across the continent as of Tuesday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

COVID-19: Rahul to interact with renowned health professionals

"In this episode, the conversations cover a wide range of subjects including the nature of the Covid19 virus, testing strategies, visualising the post-COVID world, the possibility of a virus and many others," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement.

France reports 28,530 COVID-19 deaths

A total of 18,195 patients have died in hospitals and a further 10,335 in nursing homes and other medico-social establishments, Xinhua reported.

SC seeks response from 4 states on Sharjeel’s plea

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.R. Shah heard the matter through video conferencing and issued notices to the four states. The top court will continue to hear the matter after two weeks.

TN logs 646 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths

According to the Health Department, 646 persons tested positive for Coronavirus taking the total tally to 17,728.

Arrest of UP Cong chief undemocratic, says Priyanka Gandhi

"Throwing him into prison on baseless charges during a pandemic reveals the undemocratic and opportunistic mindset of the Yogi government and violates all humanitarian principles," Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

Himachal to start bus services from June 1

Himachal Road Transport Corp (HRTC) buses would be plied with 60 per cent passenger capacity to ensure social distancing.

Ola resumes airport operations across 22 locations in India

Ola said it will place specially trained staff at the Delhi airport to perform car fumigation, temperature checks for driver-partners, and a car audit before every pick-up so customers can have peace of mind before they step into the cab.

Foreign returnees will have to pay for quarantine, says Kerala CM

"The rates will be affordable to all," said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, here on Tuesday.

Benyamin’s ‘Body and Blood’ out soon

The author, recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, adds, "Organ trafficking and spiritual trading are two of the worst things that can happen in our time. Through this novel, I try to bring them to society's attention."

Swiggy, Zomato start alcohol home delivery in Odisha

Starting with Bhubaneswar, Zomato said it will soon expand to other cities like Rourkela, Balasore, Balangir, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Cuttack.

Afghan government releases another 900 Taliban inmates

"The government released 900 Taliban prisoners today to further advance peace efforts, including an extended ceasefire and the immediate start of intra-Afghan peace talks," spokesman Javid Faisal tweeted.

Sony launches new BRAVIA series TVs in India

The 85X8000H will be available at Rs 5,99,990, 65X8000H at Rs 1,39,990 and 55X7500H is priced at Rs 79,990, the company said in a statement.

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity reopens after 3 months

The sacred building, widely considered to be the cradle of Christianity, welcomed worshippers again along with other churches and mosques as part of the West Bank's lockdown de-escalation, reports Efe news.

Absolutely absurd, says Rahul on Yogi’s remark on states

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

Annual fishing ban days reduced to 47

In a statement issued, M. Ilango, Chairperson, NFF said: "Accepting the demands of various coastal state Fisheries Department and the National Fisher Organisations, including National Fisherfolk Forum, the Govt. of India Ministry of Fisheries today issued an order reducing the 61 days annual fishing ban to 47 days."

South Korea begins ‘no mask, no ride’ policy on buses, taxies

Beginning Tuesday, taxi and bus drivers will be allowed to limit or refuse the ride of passengers who do not wear face masks, reports Xinhua news agency.

Corona tally in India reaches 1,45,380

As the total tally of Covid-19 cases in India touched 1,45,380, it also showed a week of continued spurt in the cases hovering close to 6,000 before almost touching the 7,000 mark. On Monday (6,977), Sunday (6,767), Saturday (6,654), Friday (6,088) and Thursday (5,614).

Global COVID-19 cases nearing 5.5 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,494,287, while the death toll increased to 346,229, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

German government approves $9.8 billion rescue package for Lufthansa

In the statement on Monday, Lufthansa said the WSF would provide up to 5.7 billion euros in the form of "silent participation" in the company's assets, of which nearly 4.7 billion euros would be classified as equity in accordance with related financial rules, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sensex gains 350 points to trade above 31000-mark

Healthy buying was witnessed in FMCG, capital goods and metal stocks.

Rajasthan government allows opening of parks, cab and auto services

Permitting the sale of pan, gutkha and tobacco products in the state, removing them from the prohibited commodities to be sold under lockdown-4, the Home department clarified that no person will be able to use such products in public places.

WHO suspends HCQ clinical trial on COVID-19 patients

According to the WHO chief, The Lancet medical journal on May 22 had published an observational study on HCQ and chloroquine and its effects on COVID-19 patients that have been hospitalized, reports Xinhua news agency.

China accuses US of spreading COVID-19 ‘conspiracies’

Speaking at an annual news conference during China's parliamentary session on Sunday, Wang said that "some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage", the BBC reported.

Samsung confirms June 4 launch of Galaxy A31 in India

The phone will feature a quad camera set up at the rear backed by a 48MP main sensor.

Japan’s Abe lifts state of emergency

"We had very stringent criteria for lifting the state of emergency. We have judged that we have met this criteria," the BBC quoted Abe as saying said in a televised address to the nation on Monday.

Strict action against those who destroyed film set, says Kerala CM

The Perumbavoor Police has registered a case. Five people have been charged and a probe has begun.

Seoul kindergarten student tests COVID-19 positive

The development comes just two days ahead of the planned second-phase resumption of South Korean schools, including kindergartens, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Worst-hit Maharashtra seeks Kerala’s expertise

The development came days after Maharashtra's Health Minister Rajesh Tope spoke to Kerala's Health and Social Welfare Minister K. K. Shailaja and discussed the Covid-19 pandemic challenges.

Ghani pledges release of up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners

On May 11, the Afghan government suspended the release of insurgent prisoners, saying the Taliban must bring its total number of released security force members to 200, reports TOLO News.

US imposes travel restrictions on Brazil due to COVID-19

"Today, the President has taken decisive action to protect our country by suspending the entry of aliens who have been in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking admittance to the US," the White House said in a statement on Sunday.

India resumes passenger flight services

Accordingly, IndiGo operated its Delhi-Pune service early on Monday.

Over 6000 COVID-19 cases for 4th consecutive day, total tally 1.38 lakh

According to the Union Health and Family Welfare department data, India witnessed a surge of 6,977 new cases in the last 24 hours. Of the total 1,38,845 cases, 77,103 are active cases while 57,720 people have been cured, including 3,280 cured in the last 24 hours.

Centre releases guidelines for domestic and international travel

The states and UTs will ensure that thermal screening is carried out at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flight, train or bus.

All states except Andhra, Bengal to resume flights on Monday

Airports in Andhra Pradesh will resume services on Tuesday, May 26, and West Bengal will restart on Thursday, May 28.

UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 36,793 as another 118 patients die

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, Xinhua reported.

TN varies quarantine rules for train, domestic flight passengers

As per the state government's SOP for domestic air travellers, asymptomatic persons shall undergo home quarantine for 14 days. Passengers who do not have a home in Tamil Nadu and choose for paid quarantine (hotels) will be sent to designated hotels.

Legendary hockey player Balbir Singh Senior passes away

He was 96 years old. His condition was critical for nearly a fortnight.

Global COVID-19 cases top 5.4 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,406,537, while the death toll increased to 345,036, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

No quarantine in Telangana for domestic travellers without Covid symptoms

Official sources said that there is no quarantine for domestic passengers arriving in Hyderabad If they have no Covid-19 symptoms. They will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days as per the guidelines of the central ministry of health and family welfare.

Moon mission: NASA seeks candidates for 8-month isolation

The international space agency is preparing for its next spaceflight simulation study and is seeking healthy participants to live together with a small crew in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia.

Great initiative, but hard to implement, says Brett Lee on saliva ban

Speaking on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected, Brett Lee said: "When you have done something your whole life from 8,9, 10 years of age where you lick your fingers and you put on the ball, it's very hard to change that overnight too. So, I think there's going to be a couple of occasions, or there's going to be some leniency I think from the ICC, where there may be warnings. It's a great initiative, it's going to be very hard to implement I think because cricketers have done this for their whole life."

196 new Covid-19 cases take Karnataka tally to 1,939

"The number of new Covid-19 cases from Friday 5 p.m. to Saturday noon is 196," said the official.

Canara Bank releases emergency credit facilities for MSMEs

The Canara Credit Support is extended as a quick and hassle-free loan to overcome the temporary liquidity mismatches for payment of statutory dues, salary/wages/electricity bill, rent.

No new COVID-19 cases in China for first time

Since May 11, the new daily confirmed cases in China, where the pandemic originated last December, have remained below 10 but until Saturday they had never managed to reach zero, reports Efe news.

Delhi government allows reopening of 66 private liquor shops

According to the department, the shops can operate between 9 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on alternate days. The L-7/L-9 shops were only allowed to resume sale subject to certain conditions.

WhatsApp beta adds QR codes for easy contact sharing

According to a report in WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp beta, QR Code scanning was first introduced in the iOS beta and now has made its way to the Android beta of the app. The feature is available in the 2.20.171 version of the app.

Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-paid female athlete

According to the Forbes magazine, Osaka earned $37.4 million in the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, $1.4 million more than Williams, setting an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year. Maria Sharapova previously held the record with $29.7 million in 2015.

TN salons, beauty parlours to open from Sunday, except Chennai

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said barbershops and beauty parlours in all areas other than ones falling under the Greater Chennai Corporation will be allowed to open from Sunday onwards.

Italy’s Alitalia to restart operations from June 3

The company said on Friday that the social distancing of 1 metre means flights using Airbus aircraft will fly at 33 per cent of full capacity while those on Boeing aircraft will fly at up to 50 per cent capacity, reports Xinhua news agency.

India’s Covid tally crosses 1.25 lakh mark, 3,720 deaths

Of the total cases, 69,597 are active, 51,783 have recovered while 3,720 people have lost their lives due to the deadly virus.

Chinese mainland reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases

No deaths related to the disease were reported on Friday, according to the National Health Commission, adding that it received reports of two new suspected cases, Xinhua reported.

MP crosses 6,000 corona cases mark

Bhopal (38) and Ujjain (23) were the other cities to record a double-digit score.

Global COVID-19 cases over 5.2 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,210,065, while the death toll increased to 338,142, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Covid doubling rate now 13.3 days against 3.4 days pre-lockdown, says Centre

Emphasising the improved mortality rate, the ministry said the Covid-19 fatality rate has dropped from 3.13 per cent to 3.02 per cent, and the authorities involved in tackling the viral infection are concentrating on containment measures and clinical management of cases. India is currently in the fourth phase of the lockdown which was imposed on March 25 to contain the outbreak of coronavirus.

Sensex falls 260 points as rate cut, other RBI steps fail to cheer market

The central bank has reduced the repo rate by 40 basis points to 4 per cent, which seemed not enough to boost the market sentiments.

Maharashtra to take over 80 per cent beds in privte hospitals; caps costs

The government has also imposed ceilings on the treatment of around 270 procedures or surgeries for non-COVID cases, said an official from the health department.

UK arrivals could face fines for breaking quarantine

Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks to check whether people were complying, the BBC reported.